Legal Steps to Establish a Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Christian Organization – Upci Home Missions Start A Church
Matthew 5:15 says, No one lights a lamp, then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the home.
I would like to share with you briefly the worth of forming your Christian organization as a church, some examples of IRS approved churches, and the ideal way to form a church.
Why do you want church status for your ministry?
The value of your church in contrast to some other nonprofit is better rights, and less constraints.
First, churches do not file income tax returns. The rest of the nonprofits do.
Second, churches don’t have to supply records of receipts, disbursements, nor do they have to give testimony under oath, of such statements such as all other nonprofits do.
Third, churches have particular audit protections, where each of other nonprofits do not.
In case you’re wondering if your organization may qualify, here’s a few examples of
IRS approved churches and church ministries:
The Salvation Army. Since 1958, classified as a church and association of churches, their primary income comes from thrift sales and contributions.
Young Life, a non-denominational church that focuses on youth and meet at recreation areas.
The Billy Graham evangelical Association, among the largest evangelism ministries in America approved for association of churches in 2016. After 66 years of operation as a nonprofit they were audited by the IRS and then changed the organization to church status.
Focus on The Family, a ministry that provides advice and counselling on marriage,
parenting and other topics through radio, books and social media.
The law firm, Liberty Counsel, an integrated auxiliary of Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Apart from the different types of churches, there are various ways to organize a church.
There is not any statute anywhere that says a church must be a 501c3.
A church could be organized as a 501c3, a 501c4, a 501d, a for-profit corporation or even a 508c1a.
How your church is organized is vital to what it can and can’t do.
The ideal way to form your church would be a 508c1a since it doesn’t wave rights and also have speech limitations, when compared with all other nonprofits.
We specialize in 508c1a formation and registration. Just as a lampstand holds a candle to be a light to everyone, a 508c1a holds your ministry to be a light to everybody in the world.
Contact us to begin today.